Music in YouTube videos is a tricky thing. On one hand, the perfect soundtrack can enhance a video and singlehandedly make it viral, which is the ultimate goal for many users.
On the other hand, the wrong music on a video will have the “copyright infringement police” knocking at your virtual door, waving take-down notices, even after your video gets millions of hits and shows up on every blog that’s fighting desperately for page views.
It seems as if YouTube wants users to spice up their videos all willy-nilly without worrying about the ramifications. So it sourced some creative music makers and has compiled a YouTube music library that users can download to add music tracks to their uploaded videos. According to the YouTube Creators Blog, the library is free to download and consists of over 150 royalty-free instrumental tracks that you can use in YouTube uploads.
Cool thing is, you can also use the tracks anywhere, not just in YouTube videos. For example, if you’re like me, trying to keep your young kid’s likeness off the Internet but want to create an awesome video to share only with friends and family, you can use tracks from the music library to add a soundtrack to your project.
Or if you simply don’t like the lame built-in tracks that come with some popular video apps/software like iMovie, you can add tracks from the music library to import into your video-editing software of choice. To get the library, simply log into YouTube, and the download link will be within the “Video Manager” section.
The library is free to download, and free to use wherever. So if you have a video project that’s missing that extra touch, be sure to check out the YouTube music library and let me know what you think!